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13.11.2004 @ 15:00 The Recreation Ground Crowd: 439
Grays Athletic 4 - 0 Maidenhead United
Referee: D Margetts Conference South-Match

Stuart Thurgood (25)
Vil Powell (50)
Stuart Thurgood (pen) (54)
Tony Battersby (88)
Starting Line-ups
Ashley Bayes
John Nutter
Jamie Stuart
Lee Matthews
Joe Bruce
Dean Brennan
Mitchell Cole
Stuart Thurgood
Steve West
Vil Powell
Gary Hooper
Andy Goldman
Chris Elsegood
Kevin McIntosh
Robert Paris
Ben Townsend
Barrie Matthews
Rob Saunders
Craig O’Connor
Daryl Elford
Dean Cook
Carl Emberson
Steve Robinson
Martin Carthy
Dennis Oli
Tony Battersby
Andrew Higgs
Phil Gray
David Keenan
Nick Hart
Tony Battersby -> Vil Powell (64)
Dennis Oli -> Gary Hooper (64)
Martin Carthy -> Dean Brennan (79)
Andrew Higgs -> Ben Townsend (41)
Phil Gray -> Kevin McIntosh (82)
Yellow cards
None None
Red cards
None None
Match report |
Grays kept their Conference South title ambitions firmly on track against their struggling visitors on Saturday.

This well-attended home game, attracting 438 spectators, put Blues within striking distance on troubled league leaders Hornchurch.

Blues whose line-up included recent signings Ashley Bayes, Steve West, Lee Matthews and Jamie Stuart making their home debuts were always in control.

The Magpies also had three new additions to their squad, defender Roberts Paris, midfielder Ben Townsend and substitute David Keenan.

Despite strong, maruding play by the home forwards it took until the 25th minute for Grays to break the deadlock when West used his head to nod the ball onto England National Game Under 23 player Stuart Thurgood who let loose a long range drive which was not pciked up by floundering goalkeeper Andy Goldman.

Blues struggled to convert chances for the rest of the half, though Vil Powell hit the base of a post.

However, early in the second period Dean Brennan crafter a heavenly cross, which was met with a dine strike by Powell to double the lead on 49 minutes.

Five minuted later, after West was felled in the penalty area, thurgood made it three from the spot.

Blues boss Mark Stimson waited until the hour was up before replacing Powell and Gary Hooper with Tony Battersby and Dennis Oli.

Bayes in the Blues goal proved his worth when he somehow stopped a Craig O'Connor effort.

Oli's runs gave the opposition defenders trouble from the moment he came on and he rattled the woodwork.

But his contribution was far from over as he squared a ball for Battersby whose big, brave attitude is already winning friends ont he Rec terraces and he thumped the ball home to complete the scoring.

Thanks to the Thurrock Gazette for the report.